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Experience tells as Tyresö oust ambitious PSG

Published: Thursday 17 October 2013, 9.00CET
Caroline Seger felt Tyresö FF did "a fantastic job" to make it past Paris Saint-Germain FC to the round of 16, Sabrina Delannoy saying "this tie came too soon" for the French club.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Charlety

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Published: Thursday 17 October 2013, 9.00CET

Experience tells as Tyresö oust ambitious PSG

Caroline Seger felt Tyresö FF did "a fantastic job" to make it past Paris Saint-Germain FC to the round of 16, Sabrina Delannoy saying "this tie came too soon" for the French club.

The tussle between Tyresö FF and Paris Saint-Germain FC looked like it would be tight as soon as the draw for the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 was made – and so it proved. The Swedish club recorded a goalless draw in France on Wednesday to edge through 2-1 on aggregate. Tony Gustavsson's side knew "what tools to use" to limit their hosts to just a handful of chances: Marie-Laure Delie had a shot saved in either half and a Laure Boulleau effort deflected onto the crossbar on a night of supreme frustration for PSG.

Caroline Seger, Tyresö midfielder
I'm proud of the players. We did a fantastic job today. We knew we'd go through if we got a 0-0, so we're very happy. We want to play football – we're good at playing football – but we also knew that PSG are a very difficult team to play against and move the ball quickly.

There was a lot of running for us. We didn't create a lot in the first half but I think we did a better job in the second. We created more and stayed tight together, and we defended well for 90 minutes. It was a tough game and it's been an intense couple of weeks, with the league and the Champions League. It was also about bouncing back after losing the [Swedish] league last weekend. So it was 90 minutes of hard work, but we did the job together as a team.

Christen Press, Tyresö forward
It was a defensive effort today that got us through, so we are really pleased with the result. They did have a couple of chances, maybe not clear chances, but they played a great game. And they were attacking us for the majority of the game so credit to them.

When we drew PSG it was like: 'Here we go – it's going to be a really big first match,' and I think we are so happy that we came through. This is going to give the team a lot of confidence. The first round was a killer, it wasn't easy at all. So it's just going to get harder from here and it's going to be a big grind – we need to grind it out.

Tony Gustavsson, Tyresö coach
I feel sorry for PSG because given the organisation, the treatment we've had since we've been here, the players, the pitch, the stadium, it's a real pity for the Champions League that they're out this early. Of course, as the coach of Tyresö, I'm really happy we're through. It was a really difficult game, and the players did what they needed to do to keep PSG to zero goals.

The first leg was decisive – the way we were carried in our home game by our fans in a full stadium. The fact is that we are a strong home team, and we got a result that meant we could play a tactical game here. Tyresö have always had an attacking identity, but in the Champions League you need to be smart in terms of game management and know what tools to use to go through. These players are experienced and they've done it before, and they showed team spirit. The key for us was team spirit and the big heart of this team.

We haven't won anything yet. We've got through the round of 32, but we need to be humble. At the same time, we've won something else tonight: we've won the respect of the international football family. This was a test for us.

Sabrina Delannoy, PSG defender
We had a lot of ambition in this competition, which means our disappointment is all the greater. I feel we really had a chance tonight; we weren't lacking much in terms of being able to beat Tyresö. They didn't put us under any pressure at all and we controlled the match.

In the first leg, we conceded two goals because of mistakes. We need to learn from that and rebuild, and this is a team undergoing a building process. These are the moments when you grow as a team and now we'll go for the Coupe de France and qualification for Europe.

I think this tie came too soon. If we'd met Tyresö in the semi-finals, for example, I think it would have been different because we're still growing and maturing. If we'd met a weaker side, I think we really could have gone a long way. Right now, PSG are one of the biggest teams in Europe, despite the fact we've gone out.

Farid Benstiti, PSG coach
What's annoying is that Tyresö are a team we could have beaten. We weren't able to start the game at a higher tempo or in a more consistent way – we played in spurts and that's not enough at this level. You need to create more chances by playing with more rhythm, and we didn't manage to do that. It's a failure for us and it's frustrating.

I'm not looking for an excuse and nor are the players. We have to reach a new level together because PSG as a club have big objectives and we can't be afraid of that. I have a talented squad that knows and respects those objectives, but sometimes it isn't capable of lifting itself to meet them. That takes time, though. I have no doubt the majority of these PSG players will one day win a European Cup, but we'll need to strengthen the squad.

In the Champions League you can't afford to make mistakes and unfortunately that's what happened in the first leg. I think we're better than Tyresö. I honestly believe our starting XI is at least as strong as Tyresö's and the majority of teams that qualified today, but I can't be content with that. We needed to show more aggression.

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